Universal Music Group (UMG) last week filed a discretionary appeal seeking to prevent a suit brought by Courtney Love from reaching trial, Billboard Bulletin reports. The petition, which the Californi

Universal Music Group (UMG) last week filed a discretionary appeal seeking to prevent a suit brought by Courtney Love from reaching trial, Billboard Bulletin reports. The petition, which the California Appellate Court can refuse to hear, is in response to Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Fumiko Wasserman's ruling to allow 11 of Love's 15 claims -- including a challenge to California's "seven-year statute" -- to be heard at trial. UMG argues that a trial over California's labor code will create nothing but "uncertainty," spurring a "multiplicity of disputes and otherwise unnecessary litigation between record companies and artists."

Love's lawyer, A. Barry Cappello, dismisses the appeal as "pap," saying he is confident the Appellate Court will let the issues be heard at trial. Last week, Judge Wasserman set a trial date for the case of April 2, 2002.

California State Sen. Kevin Murray (D-Culver City) reportedly plans to launch a bill in January challenging the seven-year statute.